Interesting mountain biking in native pine forests.
Rushing rivers, native pine forests, a variety of mountain biking - you can see why this area is popular.
For the adventurous the trip to Loch Einich will provide a challenge, and a view of the remote loch long remembered. For families the trails around Loch an Eilein and south of Loch Morlich will provide good days in beautiful scenery, the backdrop of the Cairngorms never far away.
There are tea rooms at Inverdruie and Glenmore Village (Glenmore Shop). Phone numbers: Loch Morlich Youth Hostel: 01479-861238. Aviemore Youth hostel: 01479-810345. Inverdruie Mountain Bikes: 01479-810787. Aviemore Tourist Information: 01479-810363. Glenmore Camp Site: 01479-861271.
12 miles (return distance)
Unlike the Lairig Ghru the path up Glen Einich is bikeable. The trip to Loch Einich is quite long, and requires you to wade across a river carrying your bike. Keep to the path in the deerstalking season (Sept/Oct).
Get to Lochan Deo as described in the related section and turn south. The track at first is a steady climb through natural Scots pine forest; eventually this thins out, giving good views up the glen.
Near the edge of the forest the path divides into two. The estate have had to create a higher route as the lower track has slid into the river.
Further up there is a narrow single plank footbridge which needs care. Further on still, a river has to be waded through. Due to a combination of depth, width, and boulders in the river bed, biking across is impossible.
Your reward for this is the view over the remote loch with its high cliffs, plunging from the summit of Sgoran Dubh Mhor to the surface of the loch 600m below.
Distances: Loch An Eilein to Loch Einich & return 15 miles; Loch An Eilein to Loch Morlich 5 miles; Inverdruie to Coylumbridge via Loch an Eilein 5 miles.
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